Massive Natural Gas Leak Devastating Alaska
"A local environmental group is calling on regulators to shut down a leaking gas line in Cook Inlet until it is repaired. The leak, first reported by the Alaska Dispatch News, is coming from an 8-inch gas pipeline owned by Hilcorp. In the report, Hilcorp characterized the leak as “low risk” and said the appropriate response agencies were notified. But in a letter sent to regulators Friday, Cook Inletkeeper accused both Hilcorp and Cook Inlet Spill Prevention and Response, Inc. of downplaying the incident.
Cook Inletkeeper’s Bob Shavelson called the leak a serious environmental threat.
“Dealing with the oil and gas industry in Cook Inlet, whenever there’s a leak, it’s always minimized at first,” Shavelson said. “That’s what I believe we saw here, and I think the reality is you’ve got a sizable risk and it needs to be addressed.”
Todd Paxton, general manager of Cook Inlet Spill Prevention and Response, Inc., said he maintains the leak is low risk, emphasizing it is not a liquid spill. Paxton added that Hilcorp is “aggressively” seeking a solution to the issue.
Hilcorp did not to return a request for comment in time for publication.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said it could not provide an estimate for the size of the leak at this time.”*
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